Thursday, November 24, 2011

Male Nurse John Benitez Jr. Sues Dearborn after Being Fired for Treating Female Patients

This city just won't learn.

Muslim men in Dearborn made it clear that male doctors and nurses would not be allowed to treat female patients. The clinic complied with these demands, and even fired a male nurse who dared treat female patients. And now Dearborn is being sued . . . again.

Ironically, the clinic has already been closed due to budget cuts. Perhaps Dearborn wouldn't need to deal with such dramatic budget cuts if they'd stop violating people's rights.

Detroit—A male nurse filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the city of Dearborn on Wednesday, claiming he was fired for treating conservative Muslim women wearing head scarves.

John Benitez Jr. is suing for unspecified damages and to reclaim his job, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

Benitez, 63, of Madison Heights, worked at the city's taxpayer-funded health clinic. He alleges he was ordered by a female supervisor not to treat conservative Muslim women, specifically those wearing head scarves, according to the lawsuit. He was told the clinic's male Muslim clientele did not want a male treating female patients.

He complied until November 2010, when a doctor ordered him to treat Muslim women as he would any other patient. Benitez followed the doctor's order and was fired less than one month later, according to the lawsuit.

"When you get to the point that taxpayer-funded entities are having to comply with personal religious beliefs rather than letting people do their job you're going down a road that does not end in a good place," the nurse's lawyer Deborah Gordon said in an interview Wednesday. "If people don't want to be treated, they can go find their own practitioner."

The city closed the clinic June 30 amid budget cuts. (Read more.)

For more on Dearborn, click here.


simple_truth said...

I hope this doctor wins on principle of being a competent doctor who is simply trying to do his job without the religious correct stuff being an issue.

Joe Bradley said...

You just can't fix STOOOOOPID!

Chessie L said...

Welcome to the twilight zone we call Detroit.

D335 said...

more and more closer to be Indonesia, Mr. Obama land !

Gregor Alfonsin C. Pondoyo said...

I am a nurse & understanding other people's religion &/or creed is one of the things we consider when we care however in desperate times when lives are at stake we are called to do everything to preserve life either of our patients or ourselves based on the given situation. This article is wicked because the nurse (a professional that can either be male or female, this is to emphasize that nursing is not a female job only it is a human tendency to care whether male or female) was just trying to uphold his swore vocation to help based on the nightingale pledge & instead he gets a terrible reply... sweet muslims... As a nurse, one of our role is to counsel & here in the Philippines its hard for us to counsel women who are beaten by their muslim husbands because it might also endanger our lives. This religion is a barbaric religion indeed based on my experience.

Pax Christi, i'm from Mindanao